Native plant gardening for birds, bees, & butterflies Upper Midwest Upper Midwest /

Jaret C. Daniels

Book - 2020

The presence of birds, bees, and butterflies suggests a healthy, earth-friendly place. These most welcome guests also bring joy to those who appreciate watching them. Now, you can turn your yard into a perfect habitat that attracts them and, more importantly, helps them thrive. Acclaimed author and expert entomologist Jaret C. Daniels provides all the information you need in this must-have guide for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. You can learn how to landscape and create pollinator gardens with native plants.

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Cambridge, Minnesota : Adventure Publications [2020]
Main Author
Jaret C. Daniels (author)
Physical Description
276 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 26 cm
  • Why You Should Plant a Garden
  • First Step: Inventory Your Yard
  • Check Your Hardiness Zone
  • Space Considerations
  • Analyze Light Levels
  • Taking Slope and Elevation into Account
  • Analyzing Moisture Levels
  • A Simple Soil Texture Test
  • Soil Testing
  • Interpreting Soil Test Results
  • Planning Ahead
  • When to Plant
  • Eliminating Existing Weeds
  • The Seed Bank
  • Nuisance Weeds
  • Improving the Soil
  • Native Plants Matter
  • Plant Life Cycle
  • Garden Design
  • Plant Diversity
  • Plant Selection at the Nursery
  • Cultivars and Hybrids
  • Avoid Plants Treated with Pesticides
  • Before You Plant, Stage Your Garden
  • Giving Plants a Good Start
  • Maintenance
  • Avoid Broad-Spectrum Insecticides
  • Deadheading
  • Staking Down Plants
  • What to Do Before Winter
  • The Basics of Plant Anatomy
  • Flowers
  • Flower Terminology
  • Flower Clusters
  • Leaf Types
  • Leaf Attachments
  • Why Protect Pollinators?
  • Meet the Pollinators
  • Bees
  • Butterflies
  • Moths
  • Beetles
  • Flies
  • Wasps
  • Bee Mimics and Lookalikes
  • Birds
  • Native Plant Conservation
  • How to Use This Book
  • Midwest Plants at a Glance
  • Midwest Native Plants
  • Full Sun
  • Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Garden Design for Butterflies
  • Garden Design for Bees
  • Garden Container for Pollinators
  • Building a Bee Box
  • Building a Wooden Block Nest
  • Building a Stem Bundle Nest
  • Bird Food or Nesting Plants
  • Hummingbird Plants
  • Larval Host List
  • Retail Sources of Midwest Native Seed and Plants
  • Native Plant Societies
  • Cooperative Extension Service
  • Botanical Gardens and Arboretums
  • About the Author

Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca Family: Apocynaceae Plant Characteristics: Tall upright herbaceous perennial 2-6 feet or more in height with large oblong green leaves and showy rounded clusters of fragrant lavender flowers. Weedy growth habit; Spreads rapidly by rhizomes and can form extensive colonies. USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9 Bloom Period: Summer (June-August) Growing Conditions: Prefers full sun and medium to dry, well-drained soils. Tolerant of poor soils and drought. Attracts: Very attractive to butterflies, bees, and other insect pollinators, as well as hummingbirds. Notes: As its name implies, this native perennial is one of the most widespread and common encountered milkweeds in our region and a key larval host resource for the monarch. Regularly found along roadsides, fencerows, woodland borders, and in old fields and prairies, it is an aggressive colonizer of disturbed sites, spreading by both underground rhizomes and airborne seed. Common Milkweed is very easy to grow and fast to establish. The plant is tolerant of poor soils, drought, and neglect. Despite its weedy habit, it is a worthy addition to gardens and larger naturalized or wild spaces, adding unique texture and interest. A profuse bloomer, the large rounded flower clusters perfume the air with a delightful fragrance and are exceptionally attractive to butterflies, sphinx moths, beetles, bees, and many more insect pollinators. Later in the season, the flowers give rise to large, elongated, and somewhat spiny seedpods that split open at maturity to release copious amounts of silky-tufted seeds that spread by the wind. Deer resistant. Easy to propagate by seed. Excerpted from Native Plant Gardening for Birds, Bees, and Butterflies: Upper Midwest by Jaret C. Daniels All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.